Cuba and the Castros

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Fidel Castro, who had died at the age of 90 in 2016, was one of one of the most amazing political figures of the 20th century. After leading a successful transformation on the Caribbean island in 1959, he became an  personality on the worldwide stage, dealing on equal terms with succeeding leaders of the two nuclear superpowers (USSR and USA) throughout the cold war.

The Russians were mesmerised by him, Nikita Khrushchev as well as Anastas Mikoyan specifically, European intellectuals took him to their hearts, African revolutionaries invited his help and recommendations, and also the leaders of Latin American peasant movements were inspired by his Cuban revolution.

Castro’s rule extended almost 5 decades, consisting of during the cold war, when rarely a year passed when the globe would hold its breath as events around Cuba threatened to spill beyond the Caribbean. In 1961, the invasion at the Bay of Pigs by Cuban expatriations, motivated as well as funded by the US government, sought to bring down Castro’s revolution. It was quickly defeated. In 1962 Khrushchev’s federal government set up nuclear missiles in Cuba in an attempt to give the infant transformation “protection” of the only kind the United States appeared prepared to respect. And in November 1975 a substantial and wholly unexpected airlift of Cuban troops to Africa turned the tide of a South African invasion of freshly independent Angola, unavoidably warming up cold war quarrels.

Modern historians commonly describe Fidel Castro as the man that gave the Cuban people back their history, the name of their island marked firmly on the tale of the 20th century.

In 2006, Castro officially handed over power on a temporary basis to his sibling Raul as well as in February 2008, he introduced his resignation as President of the Council of State. It was then that Raul Castro, who was 47 years in charge of the armed forces, lastly took control of the island nation. Nevertheless, it was just in 2016 that Raul officially took control after Fidel’s fatality.

Eighty-nine years old presently, Raul Castro will now be standing down as the party’s very first secretary, the true source of power on the island, and also armed forces leader after serving 2 five-year terms. He will be handing over power to protege Miguel Diaz-Canel, 60, who in 2018 currently acquired the presidency.

The brand-new generation of younger leaders are not anticipated to make sweeping changes to Cuba’s one-party, socialist model, but it will certainly be under pressure to seek market-style reforms to resurrect the long-ailing and also centrally planned economy, Cuban experts state.

Cubans are witnessing scarcities of basic products, including food and medicine, after a liquidity situation was intensified by a tightening up of decades-old US sanctions as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

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